Marathon runners raise £47,500 for Bristol's Cancer Research Fund

A huge thank you and congratulations to all of our Bristol alumni who took part in the London Marathon. To date they have raised over £47,500 for the University's Cancer Research Fund, which supports vital research into the search for new cancer treatments.

Professor Harry Mellor, Head of the Cancer Research Fund, said: “I am overwhelmed by the achievement of our marathon runners. The stories behind this fundraising illustrate how personally cancer affects most of us. This money will make a significant contribution to world-class cancer research here in Bristol. On behalf of the University I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to our runners and their many supporters.”

To find out what motivated all of our runners to take part, more detail can be found on each of their personal journeys here. You can also read more about the efforts of Dr. Jonathan Nicholls' (BA 1978) who ran the marathon following the diagnosis of his friend Dr. Tony Rich, the University of Bristol's recently retired Registrar.

For more information about the University's Cancer Research Fund please visit our Centenary Campaign pages, or if you would like to support our runners, you can still make a gift online today.

Dr Ben Houlford (BSc 1999)

"I ran the marathon in memory of my Dad, Terry Houlford, who was also a University of Bristol alumnus and died of cancer last year. I’ve never run a marathon before, but the day was very special. The support from the crowd was staggering (much like I was for the last few miles). A marathon is a triumph of physical and mental strength, and everyone should do it once for a cause close to their heart. I lost a stone and a half in preparation and I will continue to stay in shape, although my knees will be glad to hear that I won’t be doing any more long distance running."

Running time: 5 hours 12 minutes 36 seconds

Total amount raised: £1,390.86 (to date)

For more information about Ben or to donate, please visit his Just Giving page.

Chris Milsom (BSc 2001)

"It was perfect running conditions and the sunshine brought the crowds out in force helping me to beat my target time. I think the highlight was overtaking Iwan Thomas, the former European champion over 400m, which slightly made up for all the fancy dress runners who overtook me. It was a fantastic experience and it was great to have the opportunity to raise money for such a worthy cause."

Running time: 3 hours 49 minutes 42 seconds

Total amount raised: £4,793.11 (to date)

For more information about Chris or to donate, please visit his Just Giving page.

Faye Roberts (BA 2006)

Unfortunately, due to injury Faye Roberts couldn't take part in the 2012 Marathon. However, she will be back next year to run the London Marathon in 2013.

Total amount raised: £940.50 (to date)

For more information about Faye or to donate, please visit her Just Giving page.

Christian Miles (Maths and Computer Science 2008-)

"I really enjoyed the race on Sunday (apart from perhaps the last 8 miles!) and it's been great to support the University in this way. It  feels like it's been such a monumental event as I start to end my time at Bristol after nearly 4 years."

Running time: 4 hours 7 minutes 49 seconds

Total amount raised: £1,460.52 (to date)

For more information about Christian or to donate, please visit his Just Giving page.

Jonathan Nicholls (BA 1978)

"It was a great privilege to take part in the London Marathon and to run for Tony Rich and Bristol University's Cancer Research Fund. It was an unforgettable occasion - and an achievement I shall always feel proud of. It was particularly emotional to see Tony on Tower Bridge with members of his family and to be able to shake his hand about half way through the race."

Running time: 4 hours 49 minutes

Total amount raised: £17,407.13 (to date)

For more information about Jonathan please visit the University's News page, or to donate, please visit his Just Giving page.

 Zillah Richards (BSc 1992)

"It was a genuinely amazing day and an unforgettable experience. I am in suitable amounts of pain now but it is all worth it because thanks to fantastic generosity and support I managed to raise over £12,000 for the University of Bristol Cancer Research Fund." 

Running time: 5 hours 21 seconds

Total amount raised: £12,037.25 (to date)

For more information about Zillah or to donate, please visit her Just Giving page.

Simon Spiller (BSc 1990)

Unfortunately, due to injury Simon couldn't take part in the 2012 Marathon. However, Simon will be back next year to run the London Marathon in 2013.

For more information about Simon or to donate, please visit his Just Giving page.

Sarah Garrett  (Cert 2002)

"It was a great day to be able to take part in raising money to help cancer researchers find some answers. I am so grateful to everyone as their support helped me get across the line and raise lots of money for cancer research. At the last mile I had excruciating knee pain, so much so that I had to stop running.  Everyone was streaming past me, the crowd was very encouraging but I just could not run. I was in tears thinking of my girls watching me hobbling to the end while they saw the rest of the runners striding out to the finish line for their little moment of glory. Somehow I managed to fight the pain and run the last stretch, wave and smile to my girls. How I did it I don't know." 

Running time: 4 hours 17 minutes

Total amount raised: £9,247.97 (to date)

For more information about Sarah or to donate, please visit her Just Giving page.